Yesterday, we received a press release about an upcoming award to be presented to Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan. If you’re in Manitoba, Canada, you’ll want to mark your calendars for this one:
Dateline: Wednesday October 25th, 2017 1:00 PM EST
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
The Society of St. Dominic is pleased to announce His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider as the recipient of its Regina Sacratissimi Rosarii award for the Fatima centenary ended October 13th, 2017. The award — a custom commission — will be unveiled and presented May 2018 in Winnipeg by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski to Bishop Schneider on the Society’s behalf. Further details on the award dinner, presentation ceremony, and keynote address will be released closer to the event date. Other events coinciding with Bishop Schneider’s visit will also be announced in the coming months.
His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider is the auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan and titular bishop of Celerina. Bishop Schneider was born in the former Soviet Union and relocated from Central Asia to Estonia before eventually emigrating to West Germany in 1973. He joined the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross of Coimbra (O.R.C.) in Austria in 1982 and was ordained a priest in 1990.
Upon completion of his doctorate he taught Patristics at Mary, Mother of the Church Seminary in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. In 2006 he was consecrated Bishop and in 2011 was transferred to the position of auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Astana and is the General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Kazakhstan.
His Excellency is well known for his devotion to the Eucharist and Our Lady, Queen of Heaven as well as his support of Catholics facing persecution in the modern world. His upbringing in the former Soviet Union and confrontation with religious persecution and error bears striking similarity to the world that St. Dominic faced 800 years ago. Then, as now, devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary was the church militant’s heaven sent answer to threats against the faith.
Short version – Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, a prolific liturgical scholar, Thomistic theologian and choral composer is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College and Catholic University of America and taught at the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria as well as Franciscan University in Steubenville. He helped cofound Wyoming Catholic College where he now teaches and leads the choir and schola. He has authored over 500 articles and books and is a regular contributor to One Peter Five, The New Liturgical Movement, Rorate Caeli and Lifesite News.
Long version from Wyoming Catholic College website Peter Kwasniewski holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in California and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. After teaching at the International Theological Institute in Austria and for the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Austrian Program, he joined the founding team of Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyoming, where he teaches a variety of subjects and serves as choirmaster. He is a board member and scholar of The Aquinas Institute, which is publishing the Opera Omnia of the Angelic Doctor, and a Fellow of the Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies. Kwasniewski has taught and written many articles on Thomistic thought, sacramental and liturgical theology, the history and aesthetics of music, and the social doctrine of the Church. He has published two books with The Catholic University of America Press and a volume of his own musical compositions, Sacred Choral Works (Corpus Christi Watershed, 2014). His book Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis: Sacred Liturgy, the Traditional Latin Mass, and Renewal in the Church (Angelico Press, 2014) has been published in Czech, Polish, and German, will soon be published in Spanish and Portuguese, and is being translated into Italian, French, and Belarusian. His new book, Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness: Why the Modern Age Needs the Mass of Ages, was published by Angelico Press in 2017. Dr. Kwasniewski writes for several major weblogs, including OnePeterFive, New Liturgical Movement, Rorate Caeli, and LifeSite News.
The Society again wishes to thank Dr. Kwasniewski for agreeing to present the award and His Excellency Bishop Schneider for graciously accepting the invitation.
Steve Skojec is the Founding Publisher and Executive Director of OnePeterFive.com. He received his BA in Communications and Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2001. His commentary has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Crisis Magazine, EWTN, Huffington Post Live, The Fox News Channel, Foreign Policy, and the BBC. Steve and his wife Jamie have seven children.